Canada Terror Attacks: Who's to Blame? Islam or Islamism?

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In the name of Allah, the Merciful to all, the Compassionate

A few days ago, BBC had an interview with Tarek Fatah, an author and columnist for the Toronto Sun and the founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress (MCC), about recent shooting incidents in Montreal and Ottawa. I have no idea who is trying to introduce such individuals as the prominent figures of the Muslim community. As the old saying goes, “If you have friends like this, you do not need any enemy”.

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Terrorism has no Religion

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Martin Rouleau Execution & Trigger-Happy RCMP

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Today a story broke out about a 25-year-old man, named Martin Rouleau, who injured two soldiers in a hit and run and was later fatally shot by police in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, about 40 kilometres southeast of Montreal, Quebec. Apparently, he converted to Islam one year ago and had been “radicalized”. His Facebook page identifies him as Ahmad LeConverti (Ahmad the Converted).

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Honour Killing: Is It In The Quran?

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Today I discovered that the author of a book titled: Questioning Islam: Tough Questions & Honest Answers about the Muslim Religion tweeted about Honour Killing sanctioned by Quran. The tweet reads as following:

The murder of a rebellious child by one taught knowledge from the presence of Allah (18:65)

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ISIL Air Force: A Pretext for A No-Fly Zone Over Syria

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It was in the News that Iraqi pilots who have joined ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq & Levant) are training members of the group to fly in three captured fighter jets. 3 outdated rusty fighter-jets from 1960s do not make an air force, and even it does not worth to be in the news. So what is this hype all about?

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Outrage Marketing: Does it Really Work?

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Source: Midphase

In the first part of a two-part article, Kelly Kirkham explores the concept of outrage marketing as recently brought to the fore by Urban Outfitters…

Urban Outfitters reminded us last week that not all press is good press. The release of their highly controversial blood and bullet hole sweatshirt made national headline news. Although there was only one sweater available, that one sweater reminded us all about the dark side of outrage marketing.

For newbie marketers, outrage marketing is a marketing exercise that’s carried out with the aim of generating brand awareness through the use of controversy.

This isn’t the first time that Urban Outfitters has used outrage marketing to fire up customers. Other offensive marketing stunts include shot glasses that were designed to look like pill bottles, t-shirts that seemingly advocated eating disorders, as well as blue striped jumpers designed with a gold star that too-closely resembled a Star of David.

Urban Outfitters has perfected the ‘art of upsetting’, after learning that upset often leads to publicity.

Of course, they’re not the only company who seem to work hard at making people angry with controversial advertising. Outrage marketing has caused many heads to shake over the last twenty years.

So much so that it’s worth asking whether these offensive and outrageous marketing methods really work. Or do companies ultimately regret their hasty pleas for attention?

We looked back at some of the most controversial outrage marketing attempts to see if, in the long run, outrage marketing actually helps or hurts a business.

In 2009, the animal rights organization PETA posted a billboard displaying a large woman in a bikini with the words, “Save the Whales – Lose the Blubber: Go Vegetarian”. This offensive display was not seen as friendly banter or a light joke and was promptly taken down. PETA single handedly offended every driver on the freeway with their use of outrage marketing.

You might believe that the universal panning of this campaign would make it a marketing flop for PETA. However, the campaign got the organisation priceless coverage in publications like the Huffington Post.

In 2012, Adidas released the JS Roundhouse Mids, a hip $350 sneaker completed by shackles that attached to the shoe wearer’s ankle. Yes, I actually said the word ‘shackles’. The response from the public was instant and angry. Media sources across the globe simultaneously shook their head. Adidas announced that they were in no way promoting slavery and quickly pulled the product. Jesse Jackson was quoted after the ordeal saying, “The attempt to commercialize and make popular more than 200 years of human degradation […] is offensive, appalling and insensitive.”

Despite this, the marketing stunt gave Adidas the opportunity to talk about how ‘creative’ and ‘edgy’ they were in publications like USA Today and the Huffington Post.

One attempt at outrage marketing that certainly can’t be seen as a success is the case of LifeLock. In 2006, LifeLock CEO Todd Davis committed a marketing fail of massive proportions. Davis publicly displayed his social security number on billboards and commercials across the nation to prove that his company was guaranteed to protect your identity. Customers across the US were outraged when they learned that Todd Davis’s company wasn’t so fail proof. In fact, his identity was stolen 13 times because of his marketing stunt. What’s more, the Federal Trade Commission fined LifeLock $12 million dollars in 2010 for deceptive advertising.

The Federal Trade Commission is constantly on the lookout for ridiculous marketing claims or offensive material in hopes that they can pull the ad or product before it reaches the public.

So what does the hard evidence say? Can shock advertising lead to profits in the long term? Benetton could be used as part of the yes argument here. This fashion brand were one of the first companies to use shock advertising and their name became famous around the world. Since purposefully abandoning outrage campaigns, their sales figures have actually dropped.

Researcher Randesh Manchanda discovered that outrage marketing attempts tend to earn attention better than fear or information-based adverts. He also discovered that shock adverts tended to be remembered better. Psychologists have also found links between emotion in advertising and improved memory.

Other researchers Javed and Zeb have concluded that shock advertising can impact negatively on a brand’s image in the long term.

Returning to Urban Outfitters, the company have apologised for the shirt, saying…

“Urban Outfitters sincerely apologizes for any offense our Vintage Kent State Sweatshirt may have caused. It was never our intention to allude to the tragic events that took place at Kent State.”

However, iit might actually be the case that their cutting-edge shock and awe campaign might not be as cutting edge as their marketing department potentially thought it would be. Some advertising industry experts are now suggesting that outrage marketing will soon go the way of the dodo.

There’s speculation that nudge advertising is the next big thing.

Keep your eye on the Midphase blog for the next in this two-part article and to find out more about creating a nudge campaign…

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What’s going on in the Middle East?... Clear As Mud

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By Aubrey Bailey:

We support the Iraqi government in the fight against the Islamic State. We don’t like IS but IS is supported by Saudi Arabia, whom we do like. We don’t like President Assad. We support the fight against him but not IS which is also fighting against him.

We don’t like Iran but Iran supports the Iraqi government against IS. So, some of our friends support our enemies and some of our enemies are our friends and some of our enemies are fighting against our other enemies whom we want to lose but we don’t want our enemies who are fighting our enemies to win. 

If the people we want to defeat are defeated, they might be replaced by people we like even less. And all this was started by us invading a country to drive out terrorists who weren’t actually there until we went in to drive them out. 

Do you understand now? 

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Did US Forces' Withdrawal Cause this Chaos in Middle East?

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Nowadays,every politician and military brass claims he warned Obama about the consequences of withdrawing all American troops from Iraq. In a strange turn of events, now even George W. Bush is admired for his great insights and ingenious, like he was a prophet who prophesized all the details of future. But is this really so?

On July 12, 2007, Bush took to the podium to answer critics of his order for a troop surge, and said at the time:

"It would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to al Qaeda,"

"It would mean that we'd be risking mass killings on a horrific scale. It would mean we allow the terrorists to establish a safe haven in Iraq to replace the one they lost in Afghanistan."

To me it looks more like a plan to prediction. Bush and US Forces under his command sowed the seeds of chaos in Iraq, and they did not expect to reap anything else. Killing around 1.5 million Iraqis, destroying social texture, assassinating most of the prominent scholars and scientists and forcing the rest of them to escape from the country is more than enough to ensure trouble.

George Orwell did not live long enough to see how the Ministry of Truth of the United States rewrites history, so he could come up with better ideas in his "1984" novel. Now mainstream media tries to depict US forces as guardians of peace and security, who saved Iraq for years, and now they have to occupy not only Iraq, but also the whole Middle East again, just to keep the bad guys out.

As a matter of fact, these bad guys are created by western intelligent services, and they need a constant support to survive.

Thierry Meyssan in an article titled Who Makes Up the "Islamic Emirate"? explains this very well:

At the time, Senator John McCain came to Syria illegally to meet the chiefs of staff of the FSA. According to the photograph then distributed to attest to the meeting, the staff included a certain Abu Youssef, officially sought by the US State Department under the name Abu Du’a, in reality the current Caliph Ibrahim. Thus, the same man was - both and at the same time - a moderate leader in the FSA and an extremist leader in the "Islamic Emirate".


With this information, one can appreciate at its true value the document presented to the Security Council on July 14 by the Syrian Ambassador, Bashar Jaafari. This is a letter from the commander-in-chief of the FSA, Salim Idriss and dated January 17, 2014. It reads: "I hereby inform you that this ammunition sent by the chiefs of staff to leaders of the revolutionary military councils of the Eastern Region must be distributed in accordance with what was agreed upon: two-thirds to the warlords of the el-Nosra front, the remaining third to be distributed between the military and the revolutionary elements in the fight against the bands of IEIL (Islamic Emirate in Iraq and the Levant). We thank you for sending us the proof of delivery of all ammunition, specifying the quantities and qualities, duly signed by the leaders and warlords in person, so we can forward them to the Turkish and French partners. "In other words, two NATO powers (Turkey and France) have delivered ammunition for two thirds to the Al-Nosra Front (classified as a member of al-Qaeda by the Security Council) and one third to the FSA so that it can fight against the "Islamic Emirate", headed by one of its senior officers. In fact, the FSA has disappeared on the ground and the munitions were therefore intended for two-thirds to al-Qaeda and one third to the "Islamic Emirate".

With this dual role device, NATO will be able to continue to launch its hordes of jihadists against Syria while claiming to fight them.

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ISIL Opens Consulate in Ankara, Turkey

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Today a story broke out on Aydinlik, a Turkish newspaper, that ISIL opened its first consulate in Ankara, to take care of Visa applications for people who want to travel to their territory. According to this newspaper, now you can send your application to their Gmail account.

We are living in pseudo-reality. Nothing is like what it should be. It feels like we are living in "Alice in the Wonderland" type of world. it was considered a common-sense before when something looks like a duck, quacks like a duck and walks like a duck, it's a duck. But that's not the case any more.

yesterday, September 24, the UN security Council unanimously passed the resolution 2178 which calls for the enhancement of international endeavors to fighting terrorism and foreign fighters. Presumably, that resolution ratified to justify bombing of ISIL positions by NATO members and their Arab allies. Moreover Turkey is a NATO member, and is offering its military bases for this campaign.

I have no idea how it could be possible in the real world to fight terrorism to destroy them, and at the same time having diplomatic relations with them, offering them medical facilities for their wounded soldiers, and being a hub for exporting their oil.

I am just wondering if people in western countries are that gullible to buy every lie they hear from their Main-stream media, or they are just complicit with it, as long as things work for them.

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Why You Should Uninstall the Facebook Messenger ASAP

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Source: Electronic Products

Shoving an unneeded messenger app down the throat of your entire user base is a guaranteed way to upset people and leave them feeling disillusioned, asking questions like “why do I suddenly need this?” While there’s no indication that Facebook harbors malicious intent, the company is collecting enormous amounts of data about the users of its applications, states iOS forensics specialist and security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski. This should come as no surprise considering that most mobile apps run some sort of analytics on user behavior, although Facebook’s apps ─ according to Zdziarski – have more spyware type code in it than in products specifically intended for surveillance.

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